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Foo Fighters compile 52 pages of backstage demands

Dave Grohl and co’s tour rider for 2011 features a catering wordsearch, the does and don’ts of salad and the perfect way to make ice cubes.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl
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STEP ASIDE MARIAH Carey. Back off Van Halen. Your work as the most entertaining creators of backstage demands is done.

Foo Fighters, back on tour this year after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, have created a rider so detailed that it comes complete with a colouring book, a wordsearch puzzle, and a quiz for catering staff on what does and doesn’t belong in a salad.

In fact, the band has issued 52 pages of demands reports The Smoking Gun. Something perhaps for Oxegen organisers to keep in mind, as Dave Grohl and co. are set to headline the Punchestown festival in July.

The following represents only one section of the document; part seven, as compiled by Foo Fighters’ tour manager Gus Brandt…

Foo Fighters compile 52 pages of backstage demands
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  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

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  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

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  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

    All images courtesy of TheSmokingGun.com
  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

    All images courtesy of TheSmokingGun.com
  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

    All images courtesy of TheSmokingGun.com
  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

    All images courtesy of TheSmokingGun.com
  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

    All images courtesy of TheSmokingGun.com
  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

    All images courtesy of TheSmokingGun.com
  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

    All images courtesy of TheSmokingGun.com
  • Foo Fighters Tour Rider 2011

    All images courtesy of TheSmokingGun.com

The band obviously felt that their 2008 rider hadn’t given enough information about what they needed to be happy backstage, despite opening with a demand to:

Please have signs visibly posted from crew entrance to catering prior to our arrival. Fat roadies have to eat immediately so they can begin their arduous 70 to 90 minute workday.

More from The Smoking Gun: Foo Fighters 2011 Tour Rider Part Seven -Catering visual enhancement and activities>

Read more: Foo Fighters Catering Rider 2008>

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